CICOPS was established in 1987 in order to promote cooperation with developing countries and stimulate relations between the University of Pavia and universities in developing countries.
CICOPS is committed to human development and institution and capacity building in developing countries. This aim is achieved by offering young people concrete opportunities to grow and contribute to the development of their countries. After twenty years of experience in the field of cooperation and development, it is clear that study and joint research projects between colleagues from different parts of the world can help us to plan for a better future. With this in mind, CICOPS works to create an ever-growing network of international contacts, including foreign universities, governments and international and non-governmental organizations. University cooperation is a fundamental vehicle for diffusing knowledge as well as a potent instrument for dialogue and peace.